Charged Sentences

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“It is by fussing with sentences that a character becomes clear to me, that a plot unfolds. To work on them so compulsively, perhaps prematurely, is to see the trees before the forest. And yet I am incapable of conceiving the forest any other way.”

At The New York Times, Jhumpa Lahiri reflects on the centrality of the sentence in her reading and writing processes.


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →